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    grouchyjarhead here. Long story short, thought I reset my password, sure didn't, and can't recover my account as it's on an old email address. Whatever. Here's my new one. I'll try to catch up as I can to those who I used to follow/help out.

    Over the weekend, I completed the GORUCK Tough and Light events dedicated to the brave men of Extortion 17 who lost their lives in Afghanistan in 2006. Our cadre was a plank owners (original founding member) of MARSOC and gave us an awesome pair of events. Between the two events I did about 16 heavy miles underneath four different logs and a bunch of construction sandbags, log PT as a team both in and out of the water, lots of fun on this monster hill (bear crawls, sprints, and what have you) so overall it was a great time physically. The cadre really sunk home a lot about why we were there and the details and passion he put into filling us in on the entire Extortion 17 incident and it really made it special. Awesome time overall.
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    Originally Posted by GrouchyUSMC View Post
    grouchyjarhead here. Long story short, thought I reset my password, sure didn't, and can't recover my account as it's on an old email address. Whatever. Here's my new one. I'll try to catch up as I can to those who I used to follow/help out.

    Over the weekend, I completed the GORUCK Tough and Light events dedicated to the brave men of Extortion 17 who lost their lives in Afghanistan in 2006. Our cadre was a plank owners (original founding member) of MARSOC and gave us an awesome pair of events. Between the two events I did about 16 heavy miles underneath four different logs and a bunch of construction sandbags, log PT as a team both in and out of the water, lots of fun on this monster hill (bear crawls, sprints, and what have you) so overall it was a great time physically. The cadre really sunk home a lot about why we were there and the details and passion he put into filling us in on the entire Extortion 17 incident and it really made it special. Awesome time overall.
    Sorry for the password mishap Grouchy. Yeah, the password reset stuff and all of the spam ads on this site are pretty annoying. Glad you were able to sign back up though. Sounds like one hell of a ruck even this weekend and for a damn good cause. Way to get it done my friend.
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    20190812:
    Light partner workout with the wife.

    We did the following on a rotation basis - one person works, the other rests.

    (1) 5 sets of 10 squat thrusts wearing rucksack.
    (2) 2 rounds of the following circuit: 12 ruck swings, 32 bodyweight push-ups, 12 ruck squats, and 32 bodyweight sit-ups. I did my reps, then she did hers, and continue for the full time.

    Overall it took us 15:06, not including warm up and cool down. Nice way to blow the stink off from the weekend.
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    Originally Posted by GrouchyUSMC View Post
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    Light partner workout with the wife.
    That's awesome. My wife and I walk together and whether you're walking or doing your workout, it's a great way to spend some time with one another.
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    Originally Posted by Payton1221 View Post
    That's awesome. My wife and I walk together and whether you're walking or doing your workout, it's a great way to spend some time with one another.
    Agreed! It’s been great for our marriage.

    20190813:
    NSWG Core Circuit (loved it) then a fairly easy 2 mile run in 21:38.
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    20190814:
    Max strength work in the AM. Proof of TB's effectiveness - not only went up in all three lifts (press, back squat, weighted chin-up) but they all felt solid. I did lose one rep on the weighted chin-up - had to drop down to shake it off real quick to hop back up and hit the fifth rep of the final set. Considering I was going hard for almost 20 hours between Friday and Saturday, I'll take it.

    Hill sprints were on the schedule for the afternoon but instead the family and I hit the overgrown hiking trails near a local park and found some old streets, city steps, and even a footbridge over a misty swamp. Good times. 1.6 miles with 45# in 53 minutes.
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    20190815:
    Fun partner workout with the wife. One person rucks 400m, the other does the following exercises until the other one gets back: squats, high plank hold, lunges, and flutter kicks with ruck extended overhead. We finished it off with a mile, with each of us carrying a 45# sandbag for half of it. We were both tired and not feeling it but ended up being happy we got it in. The sons joined us for the last mile, they took turns carrying an 8# dumbbell for the whole mile.

    20190817:
    4 mile ruck, 62 minutes.

    Log PT simulation, all with 35# ruck:
    100 shoulder levers
    200 forward lunges (ruck held to chest)
    150 squats (ruck on shoulder, 75 each side)
    150 RDLs (ruck held to chest)

    Finished the above in 28 minutes. Still feeling good, might squeeze a 2 mile run in later.
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    Your new username reminded me of something. If you happen to be a fan of the novel “Ender’s Game,” let me know. I could direct you to an essay you might enjoy: “Ender Wiggin USMC.”
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    Originally Posted by HomeGymChains View Post
    Your new username reminded me of something. If you happen to be a fan of the novel “Ender’s Game,” let me know. I could direct you to an essay you might enjoy: “Ender Wiggin USMC.”
    I am so please do.

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    The essay “Ender Wiggin, USMC” by John F. Schmitt appears on pages 203-230 of “Ender’s World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender’s Game” edited by Orson Scott Card, Scholastic, 2013, ISBN 978-0-545-62422-0. You may also enjoy “Ender on Leadership” by Colonel Tom Ruby (USAF Retired) on pages 187-200.

    (I also found it delightful that some of the other essays apply that dry literary criticism stuff I had to learn in English 101 to a book that I actually care about. )

    John F. Schmitt discusses the connection between Ender’s Game and the Marine Corps doctrine of Maneuver Warfare. He connects it to his 1989 manual Warfighting and the Tactical Decision Games he started publishing in the Marine Corps Gazette in April 1990.

    One quote:

    “Ender’s Game also played no small role in helping to produce the changes that occurred [in the shift to Maneuver Warfare], while reflecting perfectly the zeitgeist of the Marine Corps at that time. Let me assert this: Ender’s Game, that brash little first novel about children by an author with no military experience, is an important work of military thought with much to offer the serious military professional. It is militarily significant because of what it has to say about three related subjects. First and foremost, Ender’s Game is a book about the development of skilled military leaders, a topic critical to the successful implementation of Maneuver Warfare, as I said. It has insightful things to say about how to develop those leaders and the kinds of traits desirable in tacticians and strategists. Second, it is a thoughtful treatise on the nature of leadership, providing numerous examples both good and bad. Third, it offers the most compelling and accessible illustration of the theory and practice of Maneuver Warfare that exists—though for reasons that will become clear, it pains me to say so.”
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    That’s awesome I never read that before. Thanks for sharing. I need to read Ender’s Game again now with that perspective.

    Work training these past few days so training is a bit lackluster due to the different schedule.

    2 mile run yesterday in 19:41.

    Today, rucked 1 mile with 45# carrying a 45# sandbag in just under 20 minutes and then the NSWG core circuit.
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    Thumbs up

    If you’re planning to go back and read Ender’s Game, here’s one more quote:

    “The similarities between Warfighting and Ender’s Game are manifold and uncanny: tempo, surprise, formlessness, ruthlessly attacking the enemy’s critical vulnerabilities, exploiting fleeting opportunities, trust and implicit understanding between senior and subordinates, acceptance of risk, decisiveness, boldness, seizing the initiative, decentralization of authority, understanding the enemy and learning from him, knowing and inspiring your people—they are all there in spades.”
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    Quite short on time again today in the morning. Front squats 135 for 3x5, RDLs 115 for 3x10, and then a chin up/ dip circuit, 3 sets each (21 and 30 reps). I was done in 20 minutes. Hoping to get some rucking miles in later.
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    Good job getting some training in despite the busy work week. Looking good Grouchy!
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